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Wolverine and the Beef Jerky

Posted by Luke Porter on 12/22/2018 to Videos
Wolverine and the Beef JerkyHere is a Luke's Toy Store commercial called "Wolverine and the Beef Jerky" that we have been running on Facebook ads for the past few weeks. I thought I would post it here as well, since we had a lot of fun making it. I was trying to show people new to Minimates how you can swap their parts and accessories, while also hopefully making them smile. Click the Read More text below to watch the video!

New Minimates and Vinimates In-Stock!

Posted by Luke Porter on 11/13/2018 to News
Iron Man Mark 50We have received our biggest shipment of the year, with a ton of cool Minimates and Vinimates! The following items are in-stock and now shipping:

How to Upgrade your Iron Man Mark 50 Minimate

Posted by Luke Porter on 6/13/2018 to How To
Iron Man Mark 50The Minimate Multiverse user Onyx_6 posted about how he upgraded his Iron Man Mark 50 Minimate from Infinity War, and I loved it so much that I decided to copy his recipe and post some instructions and photos here. You will need A Funko Pop figure of this same armor, along with a hobby knife, superglue, and possibly a drill. 

Click the Read More button below to see the full post and instructions.

Guest Post: What Toys are Compatible with Minimates?

Posted by Gavin Hanson on 2/16/2018 to Deep Thoughts
RooftopWe have a guest post by Gavin Hanson on toy lines that are compatible with Minimates (with photos by Luke). Take it away, Gavin! 

Minimates are many things. They are diverse and, despite their small size, they have quite a lot of articulation. One of the only things that Minimates fail to provide to the line is a place or scene to display them in. While it’s true that there was a DC Minimates building set line, unfortunately it ended prematurely.

Luckily for us, other companies have stepped up to the plate to help with that! Building block companies such as Lego, Mega Bloks, and McFarlane Toys have been making more and more toys and sets that scale nearly perfectly with Minimates.

Click the Read More button to read all about these compatible lines!

What Disney's Purchase of Fox Means for Minimates

Posted by Luke Porter on 12/14/2017 to Deep Thoughts
Today it was announced that Disney is purchasing most of 20th Century Fox. This acquisition includes a huge amount of properties, licenses, content producers, and television networks. There are a ton of articles online about the implications of this massive purchase, but in this article, I am only going to focus on what it could mean for Minimates. 

Click the Read More button below to view the article. 

HUGE Minimate Release

Posted by Luke Porter on 11/14/2017 to News
This Friday, November 17th, we will be listing over 350 packaged Minimate sets from Marvel, DC (including C3), BSG, Ghostbusters, Halo, MvC, and Walking Dead. Some of these releases go all the way back to 2003! And unlike our other recent releases, we have more than one set available on many of these items, which will make it easier for you to get the sets you need. The sale will begin at 3PM CST on Friday, and you can see the full list by clicking the Read More link below. 

New Preorders!

Posted by Luke Porter on 11/1/2017 to News
We have a bunch of new preorders available for items that will be arriving early next year. One of the most exciting things for me is the start of the build-a-figure program in Marvel Minimates. Starting with Series 75, if you collect all of the sets in a series, you will have the parts you need to make another full character. In Series 75 the bonus figure is SHIELD Agent Daisy Johnson, A.K.A Quake! 

The other series that I am pumped for is Kingdom Hearts Minimates Series 1 - I am a big fan of Kingdom Hearts and I am really excited for this series. I can't wait to see which other Disney characters are included in the line. My wife and I played the first two main Kingdom Hearts games together, and we are looking forward to the 3rd game. 

Click Read More to see all of the upcoming preorders!

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Vinimates

Posted by Luke Porter on 10/1/2017 to Deep Thoughts
The Vinimates line started in 2015, and has been growing rapidly. It is basically Diamond’s answer to the Funko Pop craze. I know there are a lot of collectors out there who have not given Vinimates a chance yet. I would like to offer you these 5 reasons why they are worth your time and money.

Back to the Future Vinyl Figures1. They are in the Minimate style that we love

The first thing that drew my attention to Minimates over 13 years ago was the style. The balance between the head and body and limbs is very appealing. Vinimates keep those same proportions, along with the Minimate face style. It’s hard to explain, but when I have a Vinimate in my hands, it has the same charm as a Minimate. Even though the only articulation is in the neck joint, I am drawn to the style and the feel. Vinimates are easier to spot from across the room, and my small (but growing) collection makes me happy to see.

2. The paint apps are amazing

If you have collected Minimates for any period of time, you have probably found a figure with a bad paint job. So far (knock on wood), every Vinimate I have seen has a perfect paint job. Not only is it well done, but the level of detail is higher than other vinyl figures. I have consistently been impressed with the vibrance and quality of the paint apps across this entire line. They really pop!

Batman Vinimate Vinyl Figure3. They have the DC license!

Minimate collectors have been hoping for a return to DC Minimates for years. Even though we have Gotham and Watchmen, it still isn’t the main DC line that we all want. Well, Vinimates has that line! They are basically giant Minimates of the big name DC characters. And although the articulation isn’t there, the look and feel is. As of this writing I just opened my Batman and Green Lantern Vinimates, and I absolutely love them. The most recent word from Diamond is that DC Minimates are not going to happen, so these are the next best thing.

Staypuft Man Vinimate Vinyl Figure4. Larger characters are close to Minimate scale

Some Vinimates can be used as in-scale giant-sized Minimates. The ones that immediately come to mind are the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Dr. Manhatten, and the Iron Giant. They might not be large enough to truly be in-scale with Minimates, but they are a lot larger than the Minimate versions! On my shelf, I have the Battle Damaged Stay Puft Man towering over my Ghostbusters Minimates, and it looks amazing. Soon I am going to do the same thing with Dr. Manhatten and my Watchmen Minimates. If you are on the fence about Vinimates, maybe one of these nearly-in-scale characters would be a good place to start?

Buddy the Elf Vinyl Figure5. They are an easy toy line to jump onboard

Vinimates are a relatively new toy line, and there have only been a few exclusives so far. This means that if you are the kind of collector who likes to complete a full line of toys, you won’t have to spend a fortune on rare figures - everything released so far is pretty easy to obtain. And at $10 per figure, they are comparable to other vinyl figures. I think they are much more unique looking than Funko Pops, and the paint apps are better. So for me, the $10 is much better spent on these. If you have not tried a Vinimate out of the package yet, I highly recommend it!

You can find all of our Vinimates in our Vinimates section.